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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
Fairfield is a highly rated private, Catholic university located in Fairfield, Connecticut in the New York City Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,803 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Fairfield acceptance rate is 61%. Popular majors include Finance, Nursing, and Marketing. Graduating 82% of students, Fairfield alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $53,500.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Address
1073 N Benson Rd
Fairfield, CT 06824

Fairfield University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
61%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
ACT Range
25-29
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$38,527/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $25,444/ year
  • $30-48k
    $26,620/ year
  • $49-75k
    $34,414/ year
  • $76-110k
    $35,789/ year
  • $110k+
    $42,001/ year
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Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.43 responses
50%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.44 responses
48%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.44 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,803Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
12%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 38 responses
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  • White, preppy, rich
    39%
  • White, clean cut, well off, smart, athletic, fun
    24%
  • Caring, considerate
    16%
  • White, smart, rich, good looking, friendly.
    13%
  • A lot of different types of students
    3%
  • Ambitious
    3%
  • North Face and Ugg boots
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
95%
Poll
91%
of students say they don't have Greek life.46 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.81 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 36 responses
Report
  • The experience is what you make of it.
    50%
  • Boring
    14%
  • Lively
    14%
  • Spectacular
    14%
  • Wholesome
    6%
  • Underrated
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$69,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
82%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.28 responses
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Fairfield University Reviews

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Fairfield has everything you need to define who you are as a growing adult and gives you ample preparation to become a functioning adult. Like most schools, your experience at Fairfield is what you make of it! If you are true to yourself and recognize the importance of the education you are receiving, it makes it that much easier to find people to hang out with and to establish life long relationships.
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I went to Fairfield for 4 years and it was an amazing experience. It wasn't my first choice school, however I grew to love it and met the best friends in the world! Everything happens for a reason, and Fairfield was my place. I excelled in academics, enjoyed the party scene, and lived on the beach, which is the most unique college experience by far.
Fairfield university is a great investment, however this only applies if you are in the business school or nursing programs. Fairfield University is an extremely strict school when it comes to its students and their behavior. Too many write ups and you’re out. In addition the housing options are mediocre at best. The public safety here ate almost too good at their jobs and like to bust everyone’s balls. The students are generally white rich preppy kids from Long Island that use their parents money to splurge on food via uber eats because the food in the dining commons is so bad. All in All if I had the chance to start over I definitely would not have attended Fairfield University but rather a school that didn’t monitor every move a student makes like a private high school.

Words to describe the University:
Preppy
Snobby
Expensive
WAYY too strict
Cliquey
Boring
No access to car until junior year
Hinders your ability to mold into an adult
List goes on...